Our Best Chicken Thigh Recipes

Juicy, inexpensive and highly versatile, chicken thighs are the unsung heroes of the protein realm. Enjoy them baked, braised, glazed or simply grilled with these recipes from Food Network.

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Roman-Style Chicken

Giada De Laurentiis' saucy, flavorful chicken is perfect for entertaining, since you can cook it ahead and reheat it when it's time to serve.

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Rigatoni with Chicken Thighs

Think of this light, healthy supper as a next-level take on pasta with meatballs. Instead of a ground-meat mixture, though, there are chunks of boneless, skinless chicken thighs, which stay moist and tender while simmering in the sauce.

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Chicken Cacciatore

Buttery egg noodles are topped with juicy browned chicken thighs and a medley of sauteed vegetables in Ree Drummond's classic chicken cacciatore recipe.

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Chicken Stroganoff

The chefs in Food Network Kitchen reimagined this comforting weeknight meal by using juicy chicken thighs in place of traditional beef.

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Deviled Chicken Thighs

For this easy weeknight dinner, dredge juicy chicken thighs in a tangy Dijon mustard mixture, roll them in spicy Parmesan breadcrumbs, then bake them until they're crisp and golden-brown.

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Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

Get all the flavors of your favorite Chinese takeout with a fraction of the sodium and carbs with these broiled chicken thighs drizzled in a delicious homemade teriyaki sauce.

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Crispy Grilled Chicken Thighs

These chicken thighs are coated in a potent breadcrumb mix that's laced with chili powder and cayenne. Serve them with juicy grilled tomatoes to offset the intensity of the heat.

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Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs

Ellie Krieger proves that white meat isn't the only good-for-you part of the chicken. She uses bone-in chicken thighs with the skin removed and brushes the meat with a tangy low-fat glaze before baking.

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Lemon-and-Herb-Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs

Anne Burrell combines lemon juice with fresh sage and fresh rosemary for an earthy marinade. Grill up some halved lemons and serve alongside the chicken for a rustic touch your guests will appreciate.

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Grilled Citrus-Marinated Chicken Thighs

Using both the zest and the juice of the citrus gives these chicken thighs their intense flavor. Add a little heat with a few dashes of cayenne pepper.

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Dirty P's Garlic-Ginger Chicken Thighs

Save yourself some time on dinner prep and marinate your chicken in a blend of garlic, ginger, soy sauce and orange juice the night before.

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Marinated Chicken Thighs

Marc Forgione marinates skin-on chicken thighs overnight in an herb-garlic mixture before grilling them. "This is a great basic marinade for grilling meats," Marc says, "and the pink peppercorns add a nice spicy kick."

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Beer-Braised Chicken

This savory braised chicken dish doesn't hold back on flavor. It calls for brown ale, dark brown sugar and thick-cut bacon.

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Pan-Roasted Chicken Thighs with Grapes and Olives

Grapes may seem like an unlikely addition here, but the combination of the sweet fruit with the meaty chicken thighs and the briny capers and olives hits the perfect salty-sweet note.

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Jerk-Rubbed Chicken Thighs with Homemade Mango-Habanero Hot Sauce

Bobby Flay's jerk rub is full of spices and gets a little heat from cayenne pepper. His sweet-and-spicy mango-habanero sauce adds a refreshing zip.

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30-Minute Grilled Chicken Thighs with Watermelon and Feta Salad

Massaging the marinade into the chicken works its flavors into the meat, cutting down on marinating time. And you can make the sweet-and-savory watermelon salad while the chicken marinates.

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Chicken and Chickpea Tagine with Apricots and Harissa Sauce

Chicken thighs are the best poultry option for soaking up the spicy, garlicky harissa sauce in this one-pot meal. The fresh herbs and sweet apricots will help to offset some of the intensity of the harissa.

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Grilled Chicken Thighs with Israeli Couscous Salad

Food Network Kitchen chefs treat chicken to a Greek-inspired marinade of lemon, garlic and oregano. Raisins, olives and feta make the couscous sweet and salty.

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Spanish Chicken and Potato Roast

This rich dish of boneless chicken thighs and potatoes is flavored with lemon and parsley. It's hearty and filling, yet perfect for warmer weather.

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Chicken Tandoori

Marinate your chicken thighs in Food Network Magazine's zingy ginger-yogurt sauce for just 15 minutes before broiling until they're golden-brown. To serve, finish the chicken with a few more spoonfuls of the sauce.

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Chicken in Mustard

Give a classic French bistro recipe a wallet-friendly spin by swapping the pricey rabbit for inexpensive chicken thighs. Braise the chicken in a rich and creamy sauce until tender, then serve over Melissa d'Arabian's buttery noodles.

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Honey-Mustard Chicken and Apples

Tangy honey mustard and sweet-tart apples work perfectly in this easy chicken dish. Be sure to use apples that are good for cooking, such as Cortlands — they are resistant to browning and bring a tart, bright flavor.

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Chicken and Rice Paprikash Casserole

Chicken paprikash becomes a one-dish dinner in this casserole. Bell peppers aren't traditional, but they add a lot of vitamin C and natural sweetness to the dish. The brown rice soaks up the sauce and becomes incredibly rich and satisfying.

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Chunky Chicken Chowder

Sunny Anderson browns the chicken in the pot to add intense savory flavor before transforming it into a warming soup with potatoes, corn and cream.

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Roasted Garlic Clove Chicken

Melissa cooks chicken thighs with about 20 cloves of garlic, which become sweet and tender in the oven. Serve this dish with bread to spread with the roasted garlic and soak up the sauce.

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Shoyu Chicken

Hearty chicken thighs are the perfect canvas for this intensely sweet and salty shoyu glaze, which consists of soy sauce, light brown sugar, garlic, ginger and mirin (Japanese rice wine vinegar).

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Braised Paprika Chicken

Bone-in chicken thighs and a hearty russet potato, diced, are ideal for soaking up this peppery sauce.

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